Meet the Specialists of Hudson, Florida

Our Mission

At Suncoast Eye Center we employ specialists from the Department of Ophthalmology who provide the full range of clinical services to adults and children. This includes cataract diagnosis and treatment, eyelid and glaucoma surgery.

We have been providing outstanding eye care services to the residents of Florida since 1982. Our reputation is unsurpassed in both regular eye care services and surgical procedures.

Suncoast Eye Center provides comprehensive services to help you treat and take care of your sight. Whether you need highly specialized surgery or simply your first pair of glasses, you can get the very best ophthalmic care.

We are committed to providing all of our services in a compassionate, supportive environment. Suncoast Eye Center offers a variety of patient support services, including educational materials and programs.

Meet the Doctors

Alan M. Freedman, M.D. | Cataract and Eyelid Surgery Specialist

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Alan M. Freedman is a board certified ophthalmologist, specializing in cataract extraction with intraocular lens implantation. Dr. Freedman is distinguished as being one of the few Fellowship trained cataract specialists on the West Coast of Florida.


Dr. Freedman received his medical degree from New York Medical College, Vallhalla, New York; he completed three years of residency training in Ophthalmology at Nassau County Medical Center, Long Island, New York. Dr. Freedman's specialized Fellowship training in Phacoemulsification, Intraocular Lens Implantation and Anterior Segment Surgery, was completed at Mary Shiels Hospital, Dallas, Texas, under William S. Harris, M.D. Before joining the Suncoast Eye Center in 1985, Dr. Freedman practiced from his offices in the Tampa Bay area. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor in Ophthalmology, at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida.

Residency in Ophthalmology:

Nassau County Medical Center Clinical Campus (1975-1978)
State University of New York at Stonybrook, East Meadow, New York

University Affiliations:

Clinical Assistant Professor University of South Florida, College of Medicine
Department of Ophthalmology 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Tampa, Fl 336112

Marquerite M. Kohlhepp, M.D. | Vitreo-Retinal Specialist

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Marguerite Kohlhepp, M.D. is a board certified, fellowship trained, ophthalmologist, who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of retina disease. As a vitreo-retinal specialist, her areas of expertise include macular degeneration and treatment with Lucentis and Macugen therapy, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, macular holes and retinal blood vessel blockages.


Dr. Kohlhepp received her medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She completed her Internship at Winthrop University Hospital, New York, and her Residency at Yeshiva University, an affiliate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. Continuing her sub-speciality training, Dr. Kohlhepp completed a Fellowship in Vitreo-Retinal Surgery at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. Dr. Kohlhepp is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association and the Pasco County Medical Society.

George H. Kaplan, O.D. | Optometrist

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George H. Kaplan, O.D. is a licensed optometrist who specializes in comprehensive eye exams, as well as sports vision. As a doctor of optometry, he has worked with several football players at the University of Florida. Each having benefited from Dr. Kaplan's expertise in sports vision and therapy. Dr. Kaplan has also worked with special needs patients at the Special Olympics in Daytona Beach.


Dr. Kaplan received his undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida. He received his Doctorate of Optometry from Pacific University College of Optometry, Forest Grove, Oregon.

Michael Manning, M.D. | Cataract and Eyelid Surgery Specialist

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I strive to provide my patients with the highest quality of eye care and the personal touch they deserve ~Michael Manning, MD
Dr. Michael Manning is a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist. He joined the Suncoast Eye Center/Eye Surgery Institute in 2015. Dr. Manning has extensive training and experience in Cataract Surgery, Refractive Surgery, Eyelid Surgery; as well as treatment of Glaucoma.

Dr. Manning has co-authored publications in the well-regarded Albert & Jakobiec's Principles & Practice of Ophthalmology (3rd Edition), described by The Journal of the American Medical Association as “the current standard in comprehensive ophthalmology textbooks.”


Dr. Manning attended Rollins College where he majored in Chemistry and earned a Bachelor of Arts through the distinguished Honors Degree Program. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine and completed an Internal Medicine Internship at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. He completed his Ophthalmology Residency Training at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, where he was selected as Chief Resident.


Dr. Keith Stolte

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Keith B Stolte M.D., F.A.C.S., has over 30 years of experience in ophthalmology. A Newark,New Jersey native, Dr. Stolte graduated Magnum Cum Laude in 1978 from University of RomeMedical School in Rome, Italy and interned in Internal Medicine at Mountainside Hospital inNew Jersey. His ophthalmology residency includes Hahnemann University in Philadelphia andStanford University in California.